Tag Archives: Rhode Island

Taking the Hunger Out of Summer with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank

This Post was written by Scott Deutsch
Date posted: July 25, 2018

Summer in Rhode Island is a time of fun in the sun, beach trips and food insecurity. In Rhode Island, over 57 thousand people face food insecurity every year. One-third of those individuals are under the age of 18. This stressor is especially prevalent when the school year ends, and thousands of children who usually rely on free or reduced-price school meals return home to find their family battling food insecurity. Many community members are unaware that food insecurity in Rhode Island spikes during the summer because of the abrupt loss of school meals. Additionally, with the holiday season of giving months away, the need for donating is often out of sight. Consequently, food donations plummet during the summer. This challenges the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to gather more nutritious nonperishable donations to fuel families. Continue reading

Related Posts:

May Tech Events in Rhode Island

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: May 3, 2017

May 7, 2017
Providence Data Structures & Algorithms Using C, R, Python, C++, C#
Providence, RI/Online | 9:30 pm | $495
There will be 12 online sessions, each session being 2 hours. Every session will have presentation about theory, concepts and technology, followed by Hands-on Lab practice exercises.

May 10, 2017
Code & Coffee
Providence, RI | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | @gdiProvidence | Free
Code and Coffee is a time for us to get together and share our projects, ideas and get our questions answered. Our Code and Coffee event is open to all skill levels. It is a casual event and free to participate. All are welcome! Don’t worry if you don’t have a project already started. This is an opportunity to find one. On the other hand you may be along into a project and need some feedback about a problem. You may also fall somewhere in between!

Providence Code Night with Arnell & Cliff
Providence, RI | 5:30 – 8:00 pm | @intracitygeeks #ProvidenceCodeNight  #MayorElorza #IntraCityGeeks| Free
Mayor Elorza has decided to learn how to code and develop websites, and he is inviting you to come out and learn with him… for free! A laptop and an RSVP request is required. Space is limited to 80 attendees. This group will meet once per month and you will receive a complimentary online web development course. You will learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Jquery, Php, MySQL, Bootstrap, API’s and more as you code and learn how to develop real websites.

May 16, 2017
Girl Develop It Providence: Book Club, Bad Feminist
Providence, RI | 6:15 -8:15 pm | @gdiProvidence | Free
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better. Pick up the book and come by to share your own experiences, ask questions, and discuss the things you learned.

DrupalPVD Meetup
Providence, RI | 6:00 – 9:00 pm | Free
Our monthly Drupal Providence Meetup is coming up! This year we’re introducing a NEW format featuring a Module of the Month series and Tip of the Month. Join us as we level up at the Drupal PVD Meetup each month beginning at 6 pm, and bring a friend!

May 23, 2017
Providence UX Meetup: Designers with Drinks
Providence, RI | 7:30 pm | @pvdUX | Free
The ancient and loyal order of user experience professionals gathers monthly to toast beautiful, efficient, practical, and awe-inspiring digital design. The UX meetup is a casual gathering to meet local designers, swap industry techniques and news, and celebrate the remarkable design talent in Providence. Grab a cocktail, sling a wireframe, and meet some new and awesome people.

May 27, 2017
Code & Coffee
Cranston, RI | 12:00 pm | @gdiProvidence | Free
Code and Coffee is a time for us to get together and share our projects, ideas and get our questions answered. Our Code and Coffee event is open to all skill levels. It is a casual event and free to participate. All are welcome! Don’t worry if you don’t have a project already started. This is an opportunity to find one. On the other hand you may be along into a project and need some feedback about a problem. You may also fall somewhere in between!

TBA
Tech Jobs Tour Providence | Career Fair, Tech Demos + Speed Mentoring
Providence, RI | 5:00 – 10:00 pm | @TECHJOBSTOUR #AMERICAISHIRING
This tour will bring together diverse and non-traditional talent with companies who need their skills the most. Right now America has over 500,000 open tech jobs – by 2020 this number will grow to over 1 million. At the time same time, over 60% of all new coders, engineers and data scientists are emerging from bootcamps and industry-current vocational schools. We are connecting the current and next generation of technical talent, which happens to be more diverse. That’s right. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ people are opting for more affordable and accessible coding bootcamps and online education programs over 4-year computer science degrees.

Related Posts:

March Tech Events in Rhode Island

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 1, 2017

Online networking certainly has its benefits, but sometimes nothing beats face to face events! To see what’s going on near you this month, check out our list of March Tech Events in Rhode Island:

March 6, 2017
Providence Big Data & Hadoop Training
Providence, RI | March 6-23 | @Omni212| $350+
Three week information and training session made up of eight sessions: Big Data Basics, Big Data Technology Stack, Deep Dive into Hadoop Storage System, Processing Big Data-MapReduce and YARN, Big Data Development Framework, Big Data INtegration and Management, Big Data – BI and Reporting using Power BI, and PowerBI.com Services – Deep Dive.

March 8, 2017
Increase Your Staff’s Productivity with Technology
Warwick, RI | 3:00 – 5:00 pm | @Vertikal6Inc | Free
Using technology to maximize your team’s productivity creates the platform for success. Whether it’s optimizing your technology decisions or utilizing cost-effective tools, you can increase productivity and ultimately save your team time during the workday.

March 9, 2017
Free Workshop: Presenting to Investors
Providence, RI | March 9-10 | @RIBizPlan | Free
A panel of experienced business builders and investors will provide practical insights and tips on what they and other potential business partners look for in a presentation.

March 11, 2016
Providence Artifical Intelligence Training
Providence, RI | March 11 – April 30 | @Omni212 | $450+
There will be 18 online sessions, each session being of 2 hours. Every session will have presentation about theory, concepts and technology, followed by Hands-on Lab practice exercises.

March 16, 2017
Making Work Work for Women
Providence, RI | 5:30 – 8:00 pm | @WomensFundRI | Free
How close are women in RI to being paid equally to men? What trends keep women from economic success? This forum, held in partnership with the Women in Technology group of the Tech Collective, is great for anyone interested in issues of equity, poverty and social justice. This is the second of several planned forums which explores the Women’s Fund of RI’s “Status of Working Women” research findings, and then engages the community in discussion about what can be done to address the issues raised, world cafe style.

March 24, 2017
Hidden Figures Movie Screening and Event
Warwick, RI | 9:30 am | @Tech_Collective | $20; Free for female students from participating schools
The Women in Technology group, through the Tech Collective, and NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory are offering a special screening of Hidden Figures, the incredible story of the brilliant African American women of NASA.  The event is an opportunity for women in STEM, and students interested in STEM, to share the experience of this amazing film. The event will include a Q&A panel discussion with local distinguished women in STEM.

Related Posts:

Governor Raimondo Visits ACE Coding Camp

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: September 28, 2016

28108156054_757af95168_k

The Academy for Career Exploration (ACE), a district charter school in Providence, RI, hosted a Bootstrap Summer Coding Camp this past summer in an effort to keep students engaged with learning during the summer months.

Two Brown University, computer science students interned with Bridge to teach the four week course where students utilized concepts of both algebra and computer programming to create their own video game. The end goal of the program was to have students create a simple, three character game which had a player, a target, and a foe. Participants then worked to bring their games to life by choosing their own genre and designing the characters. They used algebraic concepts to detect collisions, handle keystrokes, and determine how the characters would move and interact.

At the conclusion of the camp, students presented their finished video games to Governor Gina Raimondo, Chief Innovation Officer Richard Culatta, and our very own Joe Devine. Game plots ranged from the classic tale of a prince rescuing a princess, to the main character on a quest to gather food, to Shrek themed. It was inspiring to see the excitement on the students’ faces as they shared the final versions of their games. Each student had taken time out of their precious summer to learn a new skill and worked hard to create a video game that they were proud to show off.

We love to highlight technical education events like these because they make an effort to keep students actively learning during the summer months. Students are constantly learning new material for the majority of the year, and suddenly summertime rolls around and the amount of learning engagement drastically drops. 28693259996_6ce423944c_k

Programs like the ACE Bootstrap Summer Camp are great ways to reduce the amount of summer learning loss among kids. When students who have taken part in educational summer camps return to school in the fall, they are less likely to have forgotten lessons learned the year before. Like Governor Raimondo said to students, “It’s really great that you’re taking the time this summer. And you know what? Because you’re here doing this this summer, I know you’re going to be successful.”

Raimondo also pointed out how coding skills are becoming more important in the job search, “In the next six years, Rhode Island businesses will create thousands of computer jobs and math jobs. Programs like ACE’s Bootstrap Summer Camp teach our kids important computer coding skills that will allow them to design their own futures.” (quote via the Providence Journal) And you know what? We couldn’t agree more.

Before the end of ACE Bootstrap Summer Camp, one student was the lucky winner of a Lenovo laptop and others were given Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.

//

Want to see how else Bridge is involved in the community? Head over to our website or read how we helped donate over 200 lbs of food to the RI Community Food Bank!

Related Posts: